Electric infrastructure creation | 2020-

Electric infrastructure creation | 2020-

The goal is to demonstrate technology solutions to be able to operate larger infrastructure construction 100% emission-free by electrifying participating mobile machines. The solution will probably involve process changes and part of the project is to investigate how these can be realized at system level. This includes, in addition to investigating which solutions are suitable at machine level (new machine concepts adapted to the changed processes, as well as associated charging infrastructure), also the logistics to and from the site, which is now expanded from pure material transport to also include energy transport. An additional question will be what level of automation that will be needed to make the system not only environmentally but also economically sustainable over its life cycle. In a fully electrified solution, part of a process change could be to vary the construction rate according to the available electrical power. Here, input is needed from both customers, such as the Swedish Transport Administration, and construction companies, such as Skanska, NCC, Peab, etc., if this is possible from a societal perspective and what the financial consequences will be from such a variable construction.

The project is a feasibility study to demonstrate the capacity to carry out a fossil- and emission-free infrastructure construction. In a follow-up project, which would be a full- scale demonstration project, other actors, such as the construction company and any energy supplier, will be added as partners in the project.

PROJECT INFORMATION

BTH project leader: Professor Tobias Larsson

Time span: 20200801-202010732 (12 months)

Budget: 2 100 000 SEK (Swedish Transport Administration / Trafikverket)

Partners: 

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Swedish Transport Administration

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